Ian could become ‘catastrophic’ Category 4 hurricane. NASA considers stashing rocket

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Tropical Storm Ian was forecast to rapidly gain strength Sunday while racing across the Caribbean toward Cuba and threatening a big hit to Florida’s west coast later in the week. Ian was 540 miles southeast of Cuba early Sunday, cruising northwest at 12 miles an hour with 50 mph winds. The … Read more

NASA completes cryogenic tanking test on Artemis 1 moon rocket – Spaceflight Now

Vapors stream away from NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket during a cryogenic tanking test Wednesday. Credit: NASA Engineers filled up the Artemis 1 moon rocket with more than 750,000 gallons of super-cold propellants in a tanking test Wednesday at Kennedy Space Center after troubleshooting a persistent hydrogen leak. NASA’s launch director said she was … Read more

NASA astronaut launches to space station aboard Russian rocket – Spaceflight Now

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION A Soyuz rocket lifts off Sept. 21 with a crew of three heading for the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Despite severely strained US-Russian foreign relations, an American astronaut joined two Russian cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan and rocketed into orbit Wednesday on … Read more

ULA readies Delta 4-Heavy rocket for weekend launch from California – Spaceflight Now

The payload fairing containing the National Reconnaissance Office’s classified spy satellite is lifted atop ULA’s Delta 4-Heavy rocket before the NROL-91 mission. Credit: United Launch Alliance United Launch Alliance’s ground team recently completed a countdown rehearsal dress and installed a classified spy satellite payload on top of a Delta 4-Heavy rocket at Vandenberg Space Force … Read more

Soyuz rocket rolls out for launch of Russian-American crew to space station – Spaceflight Now

A Soyuz-2.1a rocket stands on its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome after rollout from its hangar Monday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Ground teams at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan rolled a Soyuz rocket to its launch pad Sunday, moving a step closer to liftoff Wednesday with a team of … Read more

Rocket Lab preps for 30th launch, makes strides in engine reuse – Spaceflight Now

A kerosene-fueled Rutherford engine undergoing a test-firing. Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab is set to launch its 30th mission from New Zealand Thursday with a commercial Japanese radar remote sensing satellite. While the company does not plan to retrieve the Electron rocket on this mission, engineers recently test-fired an engine recovered from a flight earlier … Read more

No sighting in northern Philippines of Chinese rocket debris

In this handout photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers recover debris, which the Philippine Space Agency said has markings of the Long March 5B (CZ-5B) Chinese rocket that was launched on July 24, after it was found in waters off Mamburao , Occidental Mindoro province, Philippines, on Aug. 2, 2022. In July, the … Read more

Firefly’s second rocket set for launch from California – Spaceflight Now

Firefly’s Alpha launch vehicle stands on its launch pad at Vandenberg Space Force Base on Sept. 10. Credit: Brian Sandoval / Spaceflight Now A year after an early engine shutdown cut short an inaugural test flight, Firefly Aerospace’s second Alpha launcher is scheduled to take off Sunday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on … Read more

SpaceX rocket launches BlueWalker 3 satellite, ace 14th landing

SpaceX launched a novel — and colossal — commercial communications satellite into orbit late Saturday and set a new launch record for its Falcon 9 rocket at the same time. The Falcon 9 launched into orbit from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying 34 of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites and BlueWalker … Read more

Eutelsat internet satellite launched aboard Ariane 5 rocket – Spaceflight Now

A European Ariane 5 rocket lifts off from Kourou, French Guiana, with the Eutelsat Konnect VHTS broadband satellite. Credit: Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/P. Piron A powerful Eutelsat commercial communications satellite launched Wednesday aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana, heading into orbit on a mission expected to last more than 15 years to provide broadband connectivity … Read more